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September - Established in to celebrate Lawton's Cultural Diversity. The festival promotes greater awareness and appreciation of Lawton's diverse heritage. The International Festival Committee invites everyone to monthly festival meetings, open to the public.
Friday, Sept. Saturday, Sept. Sunday, Sept. After all the grant writing, planning, organizing, scheduling, promoting, and late evening meetings, one can only imagine the organizers' concerns for weather, especially Oklahoma weather! The exposition was born from a desire to promote greater awareness and appreciation of Lawton's diverse heritage. The principle behind the project was the Lawton Public Library with Ms. Cameron University's faculty, Dr. Ralph Blodgett, Kenny L. Brown and Dr. George Smith, also assisted in developing the project. Otis Spears wrote the participating group's history for the program and Mr.
Kenny Brown was the event Moderator. In total, nine ethnic groups participated. Yes, due to the weather, there was folk dancing and singing in the Library's reference area! Sally Herzig of the Philippine group remembers being a bit nervous for the first performance but that the audience was so warm and appreciative that she soon felt comfortable. The exhibits were setup in the library's conference rooms. About volunteers from the community took part in the exposition with approximately five hundred people in attendance.
Over the next few years, more organizations became involved in sponsoring the event. The Lawton Arts Council became a cosponsor in In , the event's name was officially changed to "The International Festival". That year the Lawton Arts and Humanities council created a special Board of Directors to organize and oversee the Festival. The International Festival was expanded to two days in and eventually became a three-day event. Debra Burch at Lawton's Chamber of Commerce commented that, "Today's International Festival is a major contributor to Lawton's economy and adds greatly to the city's tourist base that builds upon it's self.
The program's first de utilized prairie grass and ribbon banners. Poster competitions followed and the artist's de was used on clothing, maps, and promotional items. Kealii Thompson, a festival volunteer for seventeen-years, feels that the posters reflect our city and nation's changing times. Most important is that the festival could not go on without support from federal, state, and local private and public sponsors and volunteers. To operate the three-day event alone, takes a volunteer staff working over man-hours!
That does not include the volunteer hours spent planning and organizing. Today, a family tradition of International Festival volunteerism runs strong for many of the original volunteers from staff to entertainers. Henry Herzig family is now represented by three generations of service. Other familiar names from the original performers and volunteers that continue to this day are the Leal's, Chavez's, Thompson's, Waldbauer's, and many more. Many agree that the festival not only showcases Lawton's diversity but also and more importantly provides the opportunity to bring together cultures together and foster a sense of community among them.
In looking back, from the very first "Ethnic Exposition" to today's 25th International Festival, all agree on one thing. It is composed of several Latin American and Caribbean musicians. Programs International Festival. More information.
Distribute promotional materials. Recruit and schedule volunteers to work in area during festival. Prepare schedule of activities. Ensure all equipment needs are met. Serve as Stage Manager during scheduled activities. Early September meet with performers and crew. Clean stage between performances. Monitor dressing area, ice chest, and water supply. Emcee and announce sponsors as needed.
Information Booth Committee Recruit volunteers to cover the booth during the festival 4 - 8 volunteers per shift. Supervise the booth during the festival. Decorate information booths. Research sales items for booth and work with staff to order items prior to festival. Volunteers Committee Recruit and supervise volunteers to do the following.
Hand out brochures. Conduct patron surveys. Direct traffic to areas of interest by using the site map. Assist with parking and directing traffic as needed. Assist with stages as needed Assist with Information Booth Decorate information booths. Sell balloons Decorations Committee Coordinate decorations for festival site; create new decorations if needed.
Decorate festival site prior to festival opening. Ensure that s are posted in the correct places around the festival site. Remove all decorations after the festival is over. Tree Decorating Individuals or organizations are responsible for decorating a tree. Coordinate volunteers to hang lights in deated area of the festival site.
Remove all lights once the festival is over. Volunteer Entertainment Selection Committee also comprised of stage managers Recruit and solicit volunteer performing groups. Work with staff on scheduling performers as needed. Beer Booth Recruit volunteers to cover the booth during the festival 3 - 4 volunteers per shift.Date to Lawton Oklahoma social club
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